Current Dothan High School holds its final graduation

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan High School’s senior class marking the end of over 100 years of history during its graduation ceremony. 

Wednesday night was filled with excitement, expectations and pride as jittery students, proud teachers and excited families watched as Dothan High’s final senior class students received their diplomas.

“I don’t know if I’m going to cry or jump or I don’t know yet what I’m going to do, but I’m happy,” graduate Ahteja Childress told News 18 before the ceremony. “I really can’t stop moving because I’m so excited.”

Others were just happy to see the end of the road.

“We made it,” Travarius Buggs said. “We came a long way. (We’re) ready to graduate.”

Plenty of plans were found in the hallways as students prepared to take their first post-high school steps; and supporting them all the way: their teachers.

“I hope for them to have a great future and to be able to chase their dreams and be successful in life at their endeavors,” teacher Bob Speed said.

Many students told News 18 that they already know what they plan to do post-graduation.

“I’m going to be a pretty big supporting role in a feature film,” graduate Emily Stacey said. 

“I’m going to the U.S. Marine Corps,” graduate Tyrone Thomas, Jr. said.

The night not only marked the ending of high school careers, but also the end of a rich history. 

“It’s sad that that’s not going to be there in its traditional sense anymore, but everything is bittersweet,” teacher Rita Dean said. “This is a happy day for these graduates. It’s the beginning of their life. It’s the beginning of a new chapter.”

Both Northview High School and Dothan High School will merge together in August 2019 to start the beginning of the Dothan High School Wolves’ first chapter. 

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